@brian.shapiro: Ok let me put it this way then. We now have touch with flatness. The reason I think it is backwards and stupid is when you have the ability to render a 3D button and when you have a touch interface people get feedback by showing a depressed button. I am looking at internet explorer right now with 3 tabs and it is hard to tell which one is selected. Its just a color change. Its not a matter of taste, it is a matter of taking away user interface features and rolling them back to confuse people. The world is not flat.
I was getting used to not having the start button but I found a negative to it. If you remote desktop into your windows 8 box, every time you hit the windows key it has to do a full screen repaint which sucks up a lot of bandwidth. It would have just been easier to leave it in. I am ok with change, I am not ok with change to make things work like crap.